Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.
The Communication program at Southern Oregon University—a member of the SOU Division of Business, Communication, and the Environment—invites applications for a full-time, nine-month renewable, professional-track generalist Instructor in Communication beginning on September 16, 2021. We seek candidates qualified to offer undergraduate instruction across the following areas: intercultural communication, media literacy, interpersonal communication, small group communication and public speaking. Teaching includes general education courses constructed around the communication capacity. On SOU's quarter system, the teaching load is 4- 3-4, with non-guaranteed potential for summer teaching opportunities. Teaching assignment will include large-capacity courses (100 students), online delivery, and evening classes. Other teaching-related responsibilities include academic advising, curriculum development, collaborative course scheduling, and programmatic assessment. This professional-track Instructor contract is renewable pending positive annual evaluations, with potential for future promotion to Senior Instructor I and Senior Instructor II status. Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Associated Professors of Southern Oregon University, which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/udhse4k. Service to the program is expected, with potential for additional university-level service. The Communication program at Southern Oregon University features majors in Communication and Digital Cinema. The former includes concentrations in Communication Studies and Social Media & Public Engagement. Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The SOU employee benefits package includes coverage for a spouse or domestic partners (same or opposite sex) and dependent children. Application review begins on January 31, 2021. Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, syllabi, and contact information for references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to search committee chair Precious Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience effectively teaching large-capacity courses. Experience effectively delivering courses online. More than two years of experience effectively teaching undergraduate communication studies courses in higher education. Experience with academic advising or other forms of mentoring undergraduate students. Experience effectively teaching most or all of the following courses: intercultural communication, media literacy, interpersonal communication, small group communication, public speaking, and general education courses related to communication. Experience effectively teaching other Communication Studies courses in the applicant's specialty area.
All Listed Duties:
Professional: Teaching, professional development and service.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
Internal Number: 8718
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.
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